Energy
Invasions Of The Mind


2.5
average

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
January 10th, 2009 | 22 replies | 5,750 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A performance lacking the one element the band claims to have.

1 of 5 thought this review was well written

Being hailed as the next big thing in hardcore is always a problem, it thrusts certain expectations upon a band and leads to many a listener being disappointed when the hype falls through and the end product is sub-par. Which leads us to Energy, a band with one of the most ironic names ever. Why is it ironic? Because it’s the one thing they lack.

In their short existence the band has been compared to the hardcore greats AFI, as well as horror-punk legends the Misfits. Needless to say I was very enthused at the idea of a band picking up where AFI left off in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Unfortunately these comparisons are unwarranted. Energy are the definition of mediocre. The vocals although consistent are both weak and slightly generic. Similar to both Wil Francis of Aiden and Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory, vocalist Tank has an interesting tone but little to no range and a total lack of emotion.

Throughout the album the listener is subjected to endless pseudo-gothic lyrics and imagery being pumped through his high-pitched voice. The lyrical work is banal, dark lyrics are so over-used and cliché which makes the album all the more uninteresting. Also on offer is an endless supply of Woah’s which aside from their monotony just lead to boredom for the listener. The most interesting aspect vocally is the harsh vocals. The downside to this is that harsh vocals are rarely used throughout the album.

In terms of instrumental work the band is consistent albeit basic. The bass is definitely prominent but lacks technique. The guitar work is solid but similarly plain and uninspired. The drumming is probably the most interesting part of the band musically, although it doesn’t break any new ground it provides the most interesting fills and at times enjoyable beats.

The song writing also suffers from being rather generic. Energy focuses on writing standard punk songs instead of trying to break new ground. Much like fellow punk band Rise Against they seem content with creating the same music over and over when they could be doing so much more.

A major downside to the album is the production. The vocals are massively over-produced, layered to the maximum. They are so heavily digitized that any emotion in them is wiped through the endless de-humanizing they’ve endured. Similarly the instruments sound far too polished. They’ve passed the point of clean and are leaning toward sterile. Lacking any the rawness this genre is so well known for the production feels more akin to a pop-punk band than a hardcore band.

Energy’s biggest flaw isn’t their unoriginality or the weak vocals, that are ever present it’s their lack of passion. The album struggles to convey any feeling and the few times it does aren’t nearly enough to save it. If the band focused more on creating something personal and interesting they could surprise us all with a solid and interesting album but for now we are left with an uninspired, sterile and robotic experience.

On paper Energy have the right materials to be a very successful punk band. Unfortunately they lack emotion and conviction and are going to need to up their game if they wish to inherit the legacy of their predecessors.



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Zippermouth
January 10th 2009



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The first two paragraphs were great, but you get a bit ranty when you talk about the vocals/lyrics.
Good review, anyways.

Doppelganger
January 10th 2009



3124 Comments


All of my friends go crazy for them. I saw them with Bane and I was pretty unimpressed though everyone else seemed to be getting into it. Hilarious amounts of "woah-oh-ohaa-ohhh's." And the singer looks like a powerpuff girl js.This Message Edited On 01.10.09

Zippermouth
January 10th 2009



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ku9UJwYB3w
Lol, bassist.

lexicons
January 10th 2009



144 Comments


Lawlrus ^

00DK00
January 10th 2009



21 Comments


the production on the new album ruins this band. i liked punch the clock and the demo, but invasions of the mind just isnt there

Let's Chop Cats!
January 10th 2009



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The LP is awesome, you're wrong. The fact that you think his vocals have less range than NFG just makes me think you're tone deaf. Also the production on this is so much better than Punch the Clock which sounds like it wasn't even mixed at all.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2009



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't know if you should have tried to tackle this record.

IgniteYourAvail
January 11th 2009



41 Comments


Punch the Clock is such a great record. I could not get into this, no matter how much I tried.

Zippermouth
January 11th 2009



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't know whats wrong with these people, this band is garbage and this review was pretty good.

Let's Chop Cats!
January 13th 2009



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i bet you thought mein kampf was well written too

Let's Chop Cats!
January 13th 2009



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and I could argue that you have terrible taste in music but I wouldn't want to invalidate your e-ego.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2009



16072 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dude he likes converge he doesnt like bad music

BallsToTheWall
January 13th 2009



44164 Comments


So, i'm assuming that The Banner rapes this band but will still find it because I'm x-treme for Misfits and anything related.

Zippermouth
January 14th 2009



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Total rewrite. I added an extra 0.5 to the rating because the instrumental work is better than I originally thought.

More like, "Everybody negged me because I gave this a low rating, please forgive me"
Still a good review. Reiner is a douche.

xequalscore
January 14th 2009



437 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

All of my friends go crazy for them. I saw them with Bane and I was pretty unimpressed though everyone else seemed to be getting into it. Hilarious amounts of "woah-oh-ohaa-ohhh's." And the singer looks like a powerpuff girl js.

Pretty much sums it up.

I also apparently don't know how to quote...This Message Edited On 01.14.09

Zippermouth
January 14th 2009



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How to quote:

[quote] Words go here [/quote+]
without the +.

xequalscore
January 14th 2009



437 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

gracias

BallsToTheWall
January 14th 2009



44164 Comments


People need to listen to Fraility from The Banner. They rape these guys in sheer heavieness and power. This band should never play hardcore/punk again with thos guys around. They can do the Misfits thing and get away with it.

IgniteYourAvail
January 17th 2009



41 Comments


More like, "Everybody negged me because I gave this a low rating, please forgive me"

God forbid he took criticism!This Message Edited On 01.17.09

Zippermouth
January 22nd 2009



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^Amen



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